I’m always on the hunt for fast, easy, healthy, “real food” options to fuel my early morning workouts. Recently I found one that is “nutritous and delicious” (according to the 11 yr old snack-tester in my household): Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Bran Muffins.
Yes, chocolate and bran are in the same sentence AND the same recipe. Believe it or not, they go really well together!
I’d love to say that I created this recipe myself but alas, I can’t. While browsing the cereal aisle at the grocery store, I found it on the side of the All-Bran Bran Buds cereal box as well as right here:
The muffins are sweet (but not too sweet), low in fat, high in fiber, and high in yumminess due to the chunks of dark chocolate in each muffin.
Why eat a high fiber muffin before a workout? If you normally eat a high fiber diet, it won’t be a problem. If you don’t, maybe start by having one a few days a week (the muffins freeze well) and gradually increase the amount you consume. There are numerous health benefits to high fiber eating so its something you should consider doing anyway.
Try these yummy muffins with a glass of milk 30 – 40 mins before a long ride or better yet, take them along for a mid-ride snack. As with any real-food snack, make sure you have plenty of water to wash them down.